Cris Collinsworth life and biography

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Cris Collinsworth biography

Date of birth : 1959-01-27
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Dayton, Ohio
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-01-26
Credited as : Former football player NFL, television sportscaster, Super Bowl winning

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Cris Collinsworth is a former American football player and current television sportscaster.

He moved to Titusville, Florida as a youth. He played quarterback and ran sprints at Astronaut High School in Titusville, where he was the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 3A 100 yard dash state champion in 1976. However, as a collegian at the University of Florida Collinsworth was converted to wide receiver and made the College Football All-America Team as a senior. During his career at Florida, he caught 120 passes for 1,977 yards and 14 touchdowns, while also scoring 2 rushing touchdowns and 1 on a kickoff return.

After college, Collinsworth was drafted by the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft.

NFL playing career
During his NFL career, Cris Collinsworth surpassed 1,000 yards receiving four times (in 1981, 1983, 1985, and 1986) and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1981, 1982 and 1983. At 6'-5" in height, Collinsworth often created mismatches against much smaller cornerbacks. In addition to his height advantage, Collinsworth was a legitimate "deep threat" due to his speed.

In Super Bowl XVI, Collinsworth caught four passes for 107 yards, but committed a costly fumble when he was hit by San Francisco defensive back Eric Wright.

In 1985, Collinsworth signed with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League, but the contract was voided when he failed the physical due to a bad ankle. He returned to the Bengals and played for them until the end of the 1988 season, catching 3 passes for 40 yards in Super Bowl XXIII, the final game of his career. He finished his 8-season career with 417 receptions for 6,698 yards and 36 touchdowns in 107 games.

In Man vs. Beast, Cris Collinsworth challenged Mr. Hurry at Turfway Park in 1983. Collinsworth was defeated by a nose at the hands of Jockey Pat Cooksey who came out of retirement specifically for this race. "Hey, I'm undefeated against the Bengals, and I plan on keeping it that way," she said. In 1993 Collinsworth again challenged an equine but lost to Sir Trace at River Downs.

This was tried again by Bengals wide receiver, Chad Johnson who did win. On June 9, 2007, Johnson raced bred horse a furlong (220 yards) for charity. Chad, given a 110-yard head start, beat the horse by twelve lengths. He hopes to re-race the horse later on in the summer.

Broadcasting career
After retirement, Collinsworth began his broadcasting career as a sports radio talk show host on Cincinnati station WLW. Initially he was a guest host for Bob Trumpy (himself another Bengals alumnus), but took over the show full-time as Trumpy accepted more television assignments. He then became a reporter for HBO's Inside the NFL.

In 1990, he became a part of the NBC network's NFL broadcasts, as well as some of the college programming. He joined the NBC pregame show in 1996.

In 1998, Collinsworth joined the Fox network after NBC lost the AFC broadcast rights to CBS. After several years as a color commentator on the FOX NFL Sunday pregame show, Collinsworth was assigned to the network's lead game broadcasting crew (teaming with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman) in 2002. He worked on Fox's Super Bowl XXXIX telecast three years later.

Collinsworth was also the host of the television show Guinness World Records Primetime during his stay at Fox.

In 2006, Collinsworth could be seen on three networks during football season. In addition to co-hosting Inside the NFL on HBO, he returned to NBC as a studio analyst for that network's Sunday night NFL coverage. During the NBC telecast he will be seated at the kids table with Tiki and Bettis.

He also serves as color commentator for NFL Network Thursday night games (and one Saturday-night game) alongside play-by-play man Bryant Gumbel. In 2007, Collinsworth will be the color commentator on NBC's Notre Dame Football package.

He received a Sports Emmy Award in April 1998 as "Outstanding Studio Analyst" and his second in 1999, re-affirming his status as a respected football broadcaster. His excellence in broadcasting continued to be recognized with his third and fourth Sports Emmy Awards in 2003 and 2004 as "Outstanding Sports Personality/Studio Analyst." In May 2006 he added a fifth with an Emmy Award again in the category "Outstanding Sports Personality/Studio Analyst" for his work on HBO.

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